Originally posted on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 6/19/13
AP It’s no secret that Joe Louis Arena needs to be replaced.  And it’s no secret that Red Wings’ owner Mike Ilitch wants to see a new generation of Red Wings before it’s too late.  While his wishes aren’t totally across the goal line, Pavel Datsyuk is skating in on the goaltender one-on-one.  The Detroit Downtown Development Authority approved the foundation of a deal Wednesday that would allow the Ilitch family to build the complex on the west side of Woodward just north of I-75, not far from Comerica Park. The $650 million complex would include an 18,000-seat arena, 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, plus 140,000 square feet of mixed office and retail development. Christopher Ilitch, Mike’s son and president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings said Wednesday, “There has been tremendous progress made throughout Detroit over the last decade. The location of the (arena and) events center district will not only help to rebuild this neighborhood, but will also serve as a vital connector, bringing together the many efforts completed or under way from the riverfront to Midtown and beyond.” Here’s an aerial view with a creepy voice with a short narrative on plans. The city should put the wheels in motion so that one of the city’s biggest benefactors can see his dreams through before he has to see it from much further away. [Freep]
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